17:14 08.11.2017

Poroshenko welcomes CoE Committee of Ministers' decision recognizing Russia's responsibility for ceasefire, troops withdrawal from Donbas

Poroshenko welcomes CoE Committee of Ministers' decision recognizing Russia's responsibility for ceasefire, troops withdrawal from Donbas

 Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has welcomed the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of a new comprehensive decision on Ukraine, which emphasizes Russia's responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in particular in terms of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops.

"I welcome the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Ukraine. I am grateful for their high evaluation of Ukrainian reforms and support in the fight against Russia's aggression. The decision of the Council of Europe stresses Russia's responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, primarily in terms of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops," Poroshenko wrote on his page on Facebook on Wednesday.

According to him, with this decision the Council of Europe "has recognized the progress achieved in decentralization, the anti-corruption and judicial reforms, in particular, in the reboot of the Supreme Court."

"We will continue to work closely with the Council of Europe for the sake of the reforms in Ukraine, the introduction of European standards and counteracting Russian aggression," the Ukrainian president wrote.

On Wednesday, November 8, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe passed a decision on the situation in Ukraine, the preparation of which was initiated by the Ukrainian side.

This document confirms the Organization's support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in internationally recognized borders; positively assesses Ukraine's progress in implementing reforms, in particular, the reform of the judiciary, the establishment of new anticorruption institutions, and decentralization.

In addition, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe recognized the responsibility of Russia for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, primarily in terms of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops, armed formations and military equipment, and taking the necessary measures for their full and rapid implementation.

In this document, the Council of Europe separately stressed the need for adequate protection of civilians who suffer as a result of the conflict and called for unhindered access for humanitarian organizations to these people.

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